Anyone who has ever worked on a software development project can tell you that cooperation among team members and their managers is the best way to facilitate project success. By collaborating, everyone has a mutually agreed upon set of actionable next steps and knows where the project stands and what work remains. Agile Scrum is a fantastic way to combine everyone’s talents and motivations into a cohesive team environment.

Agile Scrum is often described as a framework of best practices that organizations have learned, adapted, and perfected in order to improve their software development efficiency and add overall value to their company. However, it is rare to see an organization adapting these best practices en masse. Instead, it is often better to adopt some as recommended and adapt others to best fit your team’s needs.

Deciding exactly how to implement Agile Scrum depends on where an organization is in its application development life cycle. For newly formed teams who are just starting a project, this methodology will bring different challenges and opportunities than those of an already existing team in the middle of a project. The most successful Scrum teams are those who get involved early in the process. That way, they can collectively start by understanding the desired business outcomes and leverage that knowledge throughout the development process.

Ideally, a trained Scrum team will evolve into a self-defined entity which changes to meet new demands and challenges — because Agile knows that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, nor should there be. The benefit of this framework is that teams won’t be limited or intimidated by new market demands, client requirements, or changing tools. Agile Scrum methods facilitate understanding user stories, detailed requirements, release management, testing, and long-term support.

After learning the techniques involved, there are several ways to determine whether Agile Scrum is working for your team. By initially baselining your team’s performance, you can then compare it to the well-defined metrics that your company establishes. For example, you might compare the amount of time taken from the definition of requirements to shipping out the final product.

Everyone knows that turnover can be the bane of a project’s existence and should be avoided when possible. Any organization that has lost crucial team members knows it is time to reflect on best business practices and company culture. That’s why another long-term measure of success with Agile Scrum is the percentage of team members who stick with the company. Additionally, senior management can also examine the reduction of technical debt, the quantity and severity of bugs, and the team’s ability to consistently meet deadlines to measure success.

While other soft targets (like your software engineering department garnering more respect within the company) can be hard to quantify, they can be effectively assessed through surveys and exit interviews. By converting your teams to Agile Scrum, you create a more productive team environment that also increases people’s opinions of your department and company morale. Ensure that your team understands how much value they’re adding to the company, and they’ll be excited to continue collaborating and producing.